Remember that stylish Renault Talisman Sedan revealed last month? Well, wagon fans this is your time to rejoice, as Renault has officially announced that the Talisman will also be available in an Estate body.
However, while we might have a chance to see the Talisman Sedan on sale in Malaysia, don’t count your hopes too high on the Talisman Estate to make its way here. Unlike in Europe, Malaysians still prefer the three-box shape over a wagon.
Mirroring the Sedan in almost every way bar the more alluring wagon silhouette and the increased boot space, the Talisman Estate is scheduled to go on sale in Europe within the first half of 2016. So you’ll get a wagon measuring 4,860 mm long, 1,879 mm wide, and 1,460 mm high, sharing all those pretty trinkets from the Sedan.
The front is decorated with C-shaped LED DRLs flanking the bold front grille. The roof gains a pair of roof rails, while the side features the same strong shoulder line as the Sedan that rises towards the back. In this case, the back now gets a powered tailgate, which can be opened by waving your foot under the bumper.
The tailgate opens to reveal 572 litres worth of cargo space, or 1,700 litres if you fold down the rear seats. Up front, the front seats are developed with Cover Carving Technology rear shells. They’re strong yet lightweight, and they are claimed to free up to 30 mm knee room for the rear passengers. The front seats are ventilated and power-operated in the higher-specced models, and there’s even a massage function too.
Like the Sedan, the interior gets the R-Link 2 connected multimedia tablet in the middle of the dashboard, full-colour Head-Up display, and BOSE surround sound system.
The powerplants are also shared with the Sedan, featuring two petrol and three diesel engine options. You can have either the Energy TCe150 or the Energy TCe 200 for the petrol variant, but both are paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch EDC transmission. For the diesel, there’s the Energy dCi 110, Energy dCi 130, and the twin-turbo Energy dCi 160. They can be had with a six-speed dual-clutch EDC ‘box, but the dCi 110 and the dCi 130 can also be specified with a six-speed manual transmission.
Before entering the European market next year, the Talisman Estate will make its debut at the upcoming 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.